HC Deb 24 March 1964 vol 692 c59W
Sir R. Russell

asked the Lord President of the Council and Minister for Science what is required of volunteers who help the Common Cold Research Unit; where they are needed; and what steps are being taken to obtain them.

Mr. Hogg

The Medical Research Council and Ministry of Health's Common Cold Research Unit at Harvard Hospital, Salisbury, requires volunteers, aged between 18 and 50 years and in normal health, to spend a period of ten days assisting in studies concerned with the testing of newly-isolated viruses. The objective is to see whether these viruses cause colds and whether they can be cultivated in the laboratory. The work will also have as an object the development of vaccines which may prove effective against such viruses.

Every suitable opportunity is taken to call attention to the research in progress at the Unit and to make the need for volunteers known to members of the public. In this connection the Press and broadcasting organisations have provided valuable assistance.